Zombie Dice

Need a game that is quick, fun and super easy to play? At PAX, while I was waiting in line for one of the many panels or talks to start, I saw so many people playing a game called Zombie Dice. Before PAX was over, I found a booth selling them. I bought my own tube of Zombie Dice to play with my friends whenever we were waiting in line for anything.

Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games, is a 3-8 player game with a goal of collecting as many brains as you possibly can before getting killed. Here is the game’s’ description:

Eat brains. Don’t get shotgunned. You are a zombie. You want brains. More brains than any of your zombie buddies. Zombie Dice is a quick and easy game for gamers and non-gamers alike. The 13 custom dice represent victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop rolling before the shotgun blasts end your turn! Zombie Dice is a dice game for 3 to 8 players. Each game takes 10 to 20 minutes, and can be taught in a single round.

Of the 13, six sided dice that the game comes with, each side of the dice has an image on it. Either a shotgun blast, footsteps or brains. The dice also come in three colors. Green, Yellow and red. With the green dice you are more likely to get brains and as you work your way through the dice to the red ones you are less likely to get a brains and more likely to get shot.

The game works like this. Your 13 colored dice go into the cup the game came with. You shake it up, pull out three dice and roll them in front of you. If you get get a brain on any of the dice, that one of your victims and you get a point. If you get footprints that means your victim got away. If you get a shotgun blast that means you were shot. You keep pulling dice out, three at a time and rolling them to collect brains. But remember to stop before you get three shotgun blast. When you are done, put the dice back in the cup and had it off to the next person to play. If you get three shotgun blasts you loose all the brains you have collected so far. The first person to 13 brains/points wins!

The game is simple, but really fun and I enjoyed playing it over and over again in while waiting in lines at PAX with my friends. The dice feel and look like they are quality made. The cup could have been better, but it serves its purpose.

Have you played Zombie Dice? What do you and your friends think of it? Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts on this zombie dice game.

Dungeon Mistress

PAX and Buttoneering

I am going to PAX everyone! PAX Prime 2012 in the emerald city of Seattle Washington. I am so excited to go, I just can’t wait!

PAX stands for the Penny Arcade Expo. It’s a gaming festival that gives attention to console gamers, computer games, and tabletop gamers. Really, anything to do with gaming is at PAX. And this year I am going! This is so exciting!

To celebrate my attending of PAX and the launching my very own gaming website, I have decided to create buttons that I can give out to fellow PAX goers. On the PAX website they have a whole thread on their forms dedicated to this. Its called Buttoneering and anyone can participate. Here is what they say:

What is Buttoneering?

Buttoneering is a meta-game that takes place every year at PAX Prime (and to a lesser extent PAX East and other events). You play by printing up a large number of buttons with a picture that represents you, and then find other people at your event to trade with you. It is remarkably easy to do, and it’s a great way to meet people. Additionally, you come away with a huge number of buttons that are a unique souvenir of your time.

What are the rules?

Well, there are only a couple. First, if you get a button you should give a button, and vice versa. This applies to the “avatar” button, which is the one that represents you personally. If you have made other buttons representing a group, game, or are just something special, you can set your own rules for what people need to do to get them. As usual, follow Wheaton’s Law for maximum fun.

How did Buttoneering start?

It started out as a problem at PAX 2008 for members of the Pax Forum Community. They wanted a way to be able to pick each other out of the crowd of more than 55,000 gamers. The initial idea was for t-shirts with everyone’s avatars printed on them. Once someone pointed out the added benefit of being able to smell fellow forum members coming, other ideas were proposed.

Finally, everyone settled on making buttons with their avatars on them. After some initial research, it was discovered that one could get bulk amounts of these created for relatively cheaply, and the idea of PAX Button Exchange was born!

Where can I get buttons?

How do I participate?
We recommended PureButtons because of their excellent customer service, good prices, and being all-around cool folks. No, we don’t get paid to say that. If you’re not in the U.S., feel free to ask in the thread to find info on providers closer to home, or if you’re the trusting type, ask if you can ship the buttons to someone who is, to save yourself some shipping costs.

There are four steps for participating in Buttoneering:

Choose your button size and shape, and make your artwork. 1.5 inch round buttons are by far the most popular, and are a good compromise between price and size.

Order your buttons. 100 buttons is a good base amount, but feel free to go with more. Be sure to use our discount code Buttoneers2012 if you’re using PureButtons!

Upload your artwork to BUTTONEERING!, our official Buttoneering site. This is totally optional, but it provides a great way to keep track of your collection. Yes, it asks for an email, but I promise I will only use them for site communication (which has never happened, yet).

At PAX, trade with other Buttoneers. It’s MUCH easier than you would think.

My PAX Button Design

Following the directions, I found on the forum, I just went to PureButtons.com, downloaded their template and designed my buttons. After that, I submitted my graphic and the number of buttons I wanted. That was pretty much it. A few weeks later I had my buttons and they look FANTASTIC!

For the background of my buttons, I used a paint splatter background like I use all over my website. I am also a real big Transformers fan, that is why I used Arcee on the button. My favorite Transformers of all time is the Decepticon, Starscream. He is amazing, but for the button I wanted something to represent my femininity so I chose the Autobot, Arcee.

I hope you can find me at PAX. If you do lets trade buttons!

Are you going to PAX this year? If so, drop me an e-mail and let me see your buttons and I can keep an eye out for you at the expo.

Dungeon Mistress

Small World

Dungeon Mistress Small WorldSometimes, no matter how hard I try, I am not able to get enough planning time into my weekly roleplaying game. When this happens my group and I settle down and play some board games together. Its been a great excuse to pull out some old classic board games as well as explore and play some of the newer titles that have come out in recent years. Some of these games are nothing short of amazing!

Small World is a recent addition to my board game collection. I originally heard about this game at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2011, but only recently picked it up after seeing a YouTube video of the game play.

The game sells for $37.59 on Amazon.com and I have to say you get a lot of game for that $37.59. The description for the game reads as follows:

Small World is a zany, light-hearted civilization game in which 2-5 players vie for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Picking the right combination of fantasy races and unique special powers, players must rush to expand their empires – often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory. Small World is inhabited by a cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth. Small World marks the return of the Days of Wonder line of heavily-themed, big-box sized games featuring evocative illustrations, high-quality European components and a compelling, fun theme. Game Contents: Two double-sided game boards (One for each of four possible player configurations), 14 Fantasy Races with matching banners & tokens, 20 Special Power badges, A variety of Troll Lairs, Mountains. Fortresses, Encampments, Holes-in-the-ground, 2 Heroes, A Dragon, Along with Victory Coins, 6 Player Summary Sheets, A Reinforcement Die, Rules Booklet and A Days of Wonder Online Access Number.

Small World is a game with tremendous replayability! This was a huge selling point for me. The tokens and game pieces are made out of thick hard stock that rivals that of the monster game pieces found in the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Red Box and Monster Vault.

The game box also includes several copies of the basic rules for the game printed in color on a two-sided sheet so that all five players can have a copy. This was a great resource for each player to have and improved the speed greatly when my party first started playing Small World and was trying to get the rules down.

The attention to detail that Small World brings should not be understated. The art is really good. The replayability due to the randomness of the characters is amazing. The thick and sturdy tokens that are supplied make the game feel that much more robust. You really feel like you get your monies worth with Small World.

Oh, and it’s fun!

Replay Ability: High
Cost: $37.59 on Amazon
Number of Players: 2 to 5
Fun: 5 out of 5

Have you played ‘Small World’ before? How do you like it? Share your thoughts with me below.

Dungeon Mistress